Colts Neck Community Church

Worship Pastor

Colts Neck,

New Jersey

Why I Love This Opportunity

Mike Haight


Colts Neck Community Church has grown from about 30 people to an average weekend attendance of around 450 in the last decade. The person who steps into this role will be the church’s first full-time Worship Pastor and inherit a team of volunteers who are fully committed and invested in the ministry. The new Worship Pastor will be able to build on a solid foundation and bring Biblical depth to the church’s understanding of worship. As the worship services increase in God-honoring, joy-filled worship, more and more families will want to prioritize corporate worship. The church is excited to be guided under a worship pastor’s care, wisdom, and leadership.

About This Organization

Colts Neck Community Church was planted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1976 in a farm town about twenty minutes from the New Jersey coast. They are a healthy, vibrant, loving church committed to Biblical truth, the Gospel, and mission! There is genuine joy when they gather for worship and fellowship. They are a multi-generational church with an even balance of different age demographics. Even so, children and teenagers comprise about 1/5 of the gathering community on any Sunday. The church desires to see the Lordship of Christ spread throughout their town, county, state, society, and all the tribes and nations of the world.

Pastor Chris Durkin has led Colts Neck Community Church for 13 years by continually directing the church and the staff to our Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He genuinely enjoys building friendships with the other pastors of the church. He strives to lead by example, work hard, encourage, listen, mentor, and be a peacemaker.

The church loves to study God’s Word and sing of God’s glory! Their musical worship is modern and CCM in style, and they love singing theologically rich songs that focus on the truth of God’s Word. The Sunday schedule includes identical services at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 5:30 pm. The atmosphere is casual and informal, and musical worship includes acoustic and electric guitars, keys, bass, drums, and 2-3 vocalists.

Position Description

The Worship Pastor will be a person of exemplary Christian character who strives to glorify God. This leader should desire to edify the church through music as a ministry of the Word. The Worship Pastor is responsible for planning, developing, promoting, and guiding the church’s corporate worship, including leadership of the worship teams, preparation for services, service logistics, and the church’s audio/visual/technological needs. This person will work closely with the lead pastor in the weekly planning and preparation of corporate worship services and the other pastors for additional ministry responsibilities churchwide.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and lead all aspects of musical worship ministry.
  • Help the musicians in the church grow in their faith and their ability to glorify God and serve the church with their musical gifts.
  • Select theologically rich and Biblically sound songs for congregational singing.
  • Develop and resource the church’s worship ministry teams, which include volunteer musicians and audio/visual support.
  • Oversee the inventory and maintenance of all music and audio/visual equipment.
  • Work with the lead pastor and other pastors to provide care and leadership to the congregation, including but not limited to churchwide events, leading Bible studies, pastoral counseling, preaching, etc.
  • Work in coordination with the overall goals, objectives, and vision of Colts Neck Community Church.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Meet the Biblical requirements for a pastor (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
  • Maintain a vital and growing personal walk with God through committed Bible study and prayer.
  • Maintain proper priorities in the home and be a spiritual leader to the family.
  • Provide sound Biblical teaching with a deep knowledge of the Scriptures.
  • Dependable and self-motivated.
  • Formal theological education is required; a seminary degree is preferred.

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